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Several factors may hold up naturalization in Maryland

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The immigration process may prove overwhelming and confusing for some, particularly if English isn't someone's first language. The path to naturalization may be time-consuming but rewarding in itself. However, it should be noted that there are several factors that may hold up or lead to the denial of a naturalization application. Anyone in Maryland hoping for eventual naturalization may want to be aware of those factors and how they may affect one's specific case.

If someone has lived in this country as a lawful permanent resident for a certain period of time, naturalization as a U.S. citizen can be the next step taken. But, if that person had an illegal green card or demonstrated poor moral character in some way, that application may be denied. Also, false claims about being a citizen can result in denial.

Other factors that are not so well-known can impact an application also -- one being the status of student loans and taxes. If a person is in default on student loans or has failed to pay taxes, that alone can lead to a denial of an application. Leaving the country for long periods of time may also affect the status of a naturalization application.

For some in Maryland, there may be no greater dream than to be a U.S. citizen. Knowing the process and what can impact that process ahead of time is recommended and encouraged. Our firm has information online about naturalization and how the process will unfold, including what may negatively affect the status of that application.

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